Essex Business School
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
03 September 2019
Requisites for this module
BSC N390 Banking and Finance,
BSC N392 Banking and Finance (Including Placement Year),
BSC NH90 Banking and Finance (Including Year Abroad),
BSC NR3Y Banking and Finance with a Modern Language
The module provides a good grasp of both the strategic drivers of international banks and selected aspects of the activities of international banking firms. The topics covered include international banking regulation, failures and crises, international banking activities and services, and comparative banking.
This module aims to provide students with a good knowledge of international banking institutions and markets. Specifically, the topics covered include the kinds, functions and strategic drivers of international banks (including international commercial, investment, retail, and private banking) and the main features of international banking markets and offshore financial centres. Special attention will be given to the topics of risks and the need and role of international banking regulation, banking crises, and emerging trends.
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
• Understand the main functions, structural and performance features of international banks
• Evaluate critically the main theories, activities, and strategies in international banking
• Assess the structure and trends of the banking markets around the world
• Appraise current competitive trends and risks affecting international banks
Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)
The module will help students develop a range of transferable skills that will be useful in their future professional life, including:
* Ability to critically evaluate best practices and regulation compliance in international banking services
* Ability to draw implications for the improvement of practice from contemporary thinking in international banking
* Ability to identify and critically reflect on methods, processes, and outcomes in international banking
* Analytical skills
* Research skills
* Critical thinking
* Written communication skills
A two-hour lecture per week for ten consecutive weeks. Students are expected to do relevant reading and preparation before the lecture. It is strongly recommended that students also do additional reading to supplement the lecture material.
In addition, a one-hour class every fortnight will be organised in tutorial groups. Students are expected to always go to the same tutorial group.
Finally, there is a revision session in the summer term.
- (2019) OXFORD HANDBOOK OF BANKING, THIRD EDITION, [S.l.]: OXFORD UNIV PRESS.
- Heffernan, Shelagh A. (2005) Modern banking, Chichester: Wiley.
- Saunders, Anthony; Cornett, Marcia Millon. (2018) Financial institutions management: a risk management approach, New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.
- Casu, Barbara; Girardone, Claudia; Molyneux, Philip. (2015) Introduction to banking, Harlow: Pearson.
- Smith, Roy C.; Walter, Ingo; DeLong, Gayle. (2012) Global banking, New York: Oxford University Press.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||In Class Test
||120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Anna Sarkisyan & Dr Konstantinos Baltas
Dr Athanasios Verousis
The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Senior Lecturer in Accounting & Finance
Prof Christos Ioannidis
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 38 (95%) hours available to students:
2 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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